The Coming Sedition Act?
by Robert Ringer
by Robert Ringer: The
government now in control in our nations capitol is a grim
and repugnant reminder that freedom, at best, is ephemeral. At worst,
its a myth. In fact, true freedom like true capitalism
has never existed anywhere on this planet. Rest assured that
those with an insatiable lust for power will never allow either
experiment in doing away with dictatorial government was the signing
of the Declaration of Independence, and perhaps the most important
words in that document are:
any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is
the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute
new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing
its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to
effect their Safety and Happiness.
when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably
the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute
Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such
Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
This was the
way that the Colonialists chose to tell their English rulers: Enough!
We hereby declare ourselves to be free. Unfortunately, from
that point forward, the apparently uncontrollable urge of some of
the revolutionists to govern their fellow Colonists led to the creation
of another document the Constitution that, in turn,
created that most dreaded of all human inventions: the nation-state.
that only a handful of men signed the Constitution. This was a new
declaration, but not a declaration of independence. Rather, is was
a declaration that proclaimed that all persons living within a certain
geographical area were, in fact, not free
a declaration that
proclaimed them to be bound by The United States Constitution.
Keep in mind
that those who were bound by this new document were not asked if
they agreed to it, let alone asked to sign it. They were simply
told that they would have new rules to abide by and new rulers
to enforce those rules.
get me wrong. The Constitution is a brilliant document and, I believe,
well-intended. With the exception of black slaves and Native Americans,
it seems clear that most of the signers saw it as a document that
would protect the rights and freedom of the inhabitants of the Colonies.
But human nature
being what it is, a democracy or democratic republic is destined
through an excess of democracy to move
toward an all-powerful central government that tyrannizes its citizens.
In their writing of the Constitution, the Founders worked hard to
protect against such an eventuality, but no document can be a foolproof
deterrent to tyranny.
became evident when, after the Constitution went into effect in
the summer of 1788, it took only a decade for Congress, under John
Adams, to pass the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798, which made it
a crime for anyone to criticize the government through writing
or any other shape, form, or fashion.
criticizing the president, Congress, the military, or the flag was
made illegal. This by a group of men who themselves had escaped
bondage only twenty-two years earlier!
It was an audacious
move by the Federalist-controlled Congress to silence the Republicans,
particularly regarding their support of the French Revolution. It
was, of course, in direct violation of the Bill of Rights, which
clearly states, in the First Amendment, that Congress shall
make no law
abridging freedom of speech, or of the press.
A little more
than a hundred years after the passage of the Alien and Sedition
Acts of 1798, Congress, at the urging of Scoundrel in Chief Woodrow
Wilson, acted again and passed the U.S. Sedition Act of 1918. Among
other things, the act made it a crime to willfully utter,
print, write, or publish any disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive
language about the form of government of the United States, or the
Constitution of the United States, or the military or naval forces
of the United States.
Segue to 2010.
Led by the ultra-statist Cass Sunstein, the Criminal Corps in Washington
is heating up talk about infiltrating conspiracy groups
(read, tea parties) in an effort to undermine them. A conspiracy
group is, of course, any group of people that consists of individuals
who disagree with the socialist policies of the current administration.
Power has a
corrupting influence on those who achieve it, which is why many
honorable individuals refuse to run for office. The very nature
of a democratic republic makes it virtually impossible for a politician
to adhere to the principles of true liberty and still manage to
stay in office.
I believe that
some people come to Washington with sincere intentions to roll back
big government, eliminate federal handout programs, and abolish
anti-freedom laws and regulations. But once in power, they become
convinced of the need to buy votes, lest they find themselves out
of the club and having to gasp! seek employment in
the private sector.
its up to you and me to do the job. We should not allow ourselves
to become emotionally engrossed in oil spills, riots in Greece,
and foiled terrorist plots. Instead, we should relentlessly focus
on our loss of liberty. Any of these and a thousand-and-one other
crises could be used as an excuse for BHO to invoke
an Obomination Sedition Act that, in turn, could be used as excuse
to postpone elections in 2010 or 2012 for security
allow yourself to become distracted. Stay focused on the real issue:
our loss of freedom!
from Robert Ringer's website.
© 2010 Robert Ringer